NMSDC VIRTUAL TOWN HALL | APRIL 2, 2020
How Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) are Responding:
The Corporate Perspective on the
COVID-19 Business Challenges
Thursday, April 2, 2020
3 — 4:30 pm (EDT)
Registration Opens: Monday, March 30, 2020
Next week’s Town Hall in the ongoing health emergency, NMSDC invites you to join us on Thursday, April 2, for an essential discussion – “How CPOs are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges.
What actions are they taking to mitigate the risk in their supply chains?
How are they working with their MBEs to reduce the impact to their businesses?
To limit the risk to minority suppliers, what strategies do these CPOs recommend to other corporations?
On April 2, hear the answers to these and other questions posed by the audience of MBEs, corporate members, and the Affiliate Presidents of NMSDC. We welcome your participation, questions, and insights on the critical CPO-MBE connection in this crisis.
As this health emergency continues to unfold, NMSDC’s transformed mission is even more vitally important than ever – today, tomorrow, and beyond. This Town Hall is a component in that mission.
We need to hear your questions, your concerns, and your ideas. With your feedback, we can work more effectively as a network. Hosting the Town Hall is NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne C. Trimble.
Adrienne assumed the leadership of NMSDC after a successful career in the corporate world, much of it spearheading the supplier diversity initiative at Toyota North America – an ideal perspective from which to anchor this discussion. Panelists joining her on Thursday are:
Adrienne C. Trimble
President and CEO
Sending You the Best
Vice President, NMSDC Academy
Managing Director of Supply Chain Management for
Corporate Services, Corporate Travel & Events, and
Supplier Diversity & Inclusion
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
PanelistExecutive Vice President
Head of Business Banking
Fifth Third Bank
Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)
Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)
Vice President & CPO
American Red Cross |
Indirect Sourcing and
|SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to South Carolina
Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
|ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to South Carolina small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Henry McMaster on March 17, 2020.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of South Carolina; and the contiguous counties of Burke, Chatham, Columbia, Effingham, Elbert, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Lincoln, Rabun, Richmond, Screven and Stephens in Georgia; and Anson, Brunswick, Cleveland, Columbus, Gaston, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Mecklenburg, Polk, Richmond, Robeson, Rutherford, Scotland, Transylvania and Union in North Carolina.
“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist South Carolina small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Administrator Carranza.
SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.
“Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Carranza.
“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Carranza added.
Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020.
For more information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov.
For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.
###About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
|SBA Assistance Resources in light of COVID-19 Pandemic|
| The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in modified and additional SBA resources to help our small businesses, small aquacultural businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and/or most private nonprofit organizations.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)
The SBA has approved the North Carolina Governor’s request for a disaster declaration, and you may begin the application process. Applicants are encouraged to apply online: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2Fela%2FLoanApplication%2FStartApplication
Basic info on EIDLs:
|SBA Resources for Counseling and Training|
|The following SBA backed organizations provide assistance to small businesses in the state; email and phone counseling are available.
March 16, 2020
– $250,000 committed to American Red Cross to help its response
– $750,000 committed to nonprofits as response plans develop and local needs are defined
RICHMOND, Va., March 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is committing $1 million to aid COVID-19 relief efforts across the United States. The funds will support national organizations, such as the American Red Cross, as well as address local needs.
“The health and well-being of customers and employees is Dominion Energy’s top priority. We are helping customers and communities we serve during this difficult time by maintaining reliable service and providing support and relief to those affected,” said Dominion Energy Chairman, President and CEO Thomas F. Farrell, II. “Our contributions to these organizations will help provide the means to lessen the impact of this outbreak.”
Dominion Energy is committing $750,000 to nonprofits to help assist the communities that are home to the more than 7 million customers Dominion Energy serves. Donations to local organizations will help address needs as dictated by response plans. Dominion Energy is also committing $250,000 to the American Red Cross as it continues to mobilize efforts to respond to the outbreak of coronavirus in the United States.
“The Red Cross is proud to count Dominion Energy as a partner to help us deliver our lifesaving mission nationwide due to the coronavirus outbreak,” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “As concerns about the coronavirus have grown here in the U.S., the number of cancelled blood drives has increased exponentially. The need for blood will continue as the outbreak grows, and we are grateful for the support from Dominion Energy to help those in need at this critical time.” The company is taking a number of measures to ensure it is able to continue providing energy to customers, while at the same time keeping employees safe and healthy. Dominion Energy knows the communities it serves rely on the company to provide an essential service. It takes seriously the responsibility to provide energy safely and reliably, all day, every day. To do that requires a workforce that is able and ready to do the work necessary to keep the lights on and the natural gas flowing. The company’s business continuity plans are in place and other steps are being taken to ensure reliable energy service 24-7. That includes securing supplies, reviewing staffing plans and coordinating with government health officials.
Customers should not have to worry about losing service during this critical time. The company has suspended all service disconnections for nonpayment. Residential customers previously disconnected due to non-payment may contact the company for assistance reconnecting service. In addition, the company is planning to waive late fees and reconnection fees and is seeking approval from utility commissions where required to do so.
Dominion Energy encourages customers to use its digital tools and other resources for routine self-service and 24-7 online account access as call wait times may be longer than usual. The company is here to help and encourages customers who may be facing financial difficulties to contact us.
For more information, visit https://www.dominionenergy.com/coronavirus.
About the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
More than 7 million customers in 18 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed nearly $48 million in 2019 to community causes. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com to learn more.